SharePoint Browser Support… Improved with 2013, really?

I wrote a post a little while ago about Microsoft’s boasts on supporting all browsers in SharePoint 2010. The fact is, SharePoint 2010 does not. What about SharePoint 2013? Let’s see:

Right off the bat, I see this when using Chrome, but not in FireFox.

Microsoft add on for Chrome

I went ahead and ignored it and tested out some items (below). As soon as I hit the first time that didn’t work as planned in Chrome, I enabled it, and it didn’t help things. Not sure what this is for.

The following tests were completed with Internet Explorer 10.0.9200.16540, Chrome 23.0.1271.64 m, and FireFox 16.0.2. See the bottom for IE8 or IE9.

Within a document library…

Try uploading multiple documents… this has changed since SharePoint 2010. There is no longer an option to upload multiple from the ribbon. Instead, you can drag your files into the library.

Funny enough, this doesn’t always work in IE, works great in Chrome and FireFox. Have you experienced the same in IE? I’m betting this is a bug in my IE with one of the add ons.

ie_dragdrop

Drag and Drop in IE

firefox_dragdrop

Drag and Drop in FireFox

Drag and Drop in Chrome

Drag and Drop in Chrome

Try opening the library in Windows Explorer, only works in IE still.

Open with Explorer in FireFox

Open with Explorer in FireFox

Open with Explorer with Chrome

Open with Explorer with Chrome

Open with Explorer with IE

Open with Explorer with IE

Try opening a Word doc and have it connect and save back to SharePoint. This was terrible in SharePoint 2010, only worked in IE. It appears it works amazingly well on SharePoint 2013!

Live editing in Chrome

Live editing in Chrome

Live editing in IE

Live editing in IE

Live editing in FireFox

Live editing in FireFox

Then there’s lists…

SharePoint 2010 had the datasheet view, which only worked in IE. SharePoint 2013 has updated it to Quick Edit. This appears to work in each browser, however copy/paste from Excel doesn’t work in Chrome and FireFox. The two rows I added in IE were copied from Excel. Couldn’t get it to work in the others.

Quick Edit in FireFox

Quick Edit in FireFox

Quick Edit in IE

Quick Edit in IE

Quick Edit in Chrome

Quick Edit in Chrome

A photo library works so much better in all three browsers. This is a big improvement over SharePoint 2010.

Photo library in IE

Photo library in IE

Photo library in Chrome

Photo library in Chrome

Photo library in FireFox

Photo library in FireFox

Let’s give Excel Services a go…

Beautiful, can you tell the difference between the three?

Excel Web Services in FireFox

Excel Web Services in FireFox

Excel Web Services in IE

Excel Web Services in IE

Excel Web Services in Chrome

Excel Web Services in Chrome

What about exporting a list to Excel…

Export to Excel button

Export to Excel in FireFox

Export to Excel in FireFox

It does actually open it in FireFox.

It does actually open it in FireFox.

Export to Excel in Chrome

Export to Excel in Chrome

Chrome doesn't open the file, just does this weird thing.

Chrome doesn’t open the file, just does this weird thing.

Funny enough, my IE prompted me in the same manner.

Funny enough, my IE prompted me in the same manner.

IE did download and open the file in Excel.

IE did download and open the file in Excel.

As you can see, browser support has greatly improved with SharePoint 2013, with the only disappointment being the Open with Explorer feature. Overall, most if not all of the features work cross browsers. Microsoft removed the ActiveX controls that once controlled most of the above features, now SharePoint uses HTML5 for most of its interfaces. This allows equal access and treats the other (non-IE) browsers are first class citizens.

What about Internet Explorer 8 and 9? Natively, they don’t support HTML5, however, if you have Office 2013 installed, it should all work. For more info, see TechNet blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/wkng/archive/2012/11/07/sharepoint-server-2013-drag-and-drop-contents-to-library.aspx.

This is excellent news!

For more information on Microsoft’s official stance on browser support: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc263526(v=office.15).aspx. Also Joel Oleson has put together a SharePoint 2013 Browser Comparison Report Card.

Let’s try mobile browsers next…

‘Til then, Happy SharePointing!

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8 thoughts on “SharePoint Browser Support… Improved with 2013, really?

  1. Pingback: SharePoint Browser Support… Improved with 2013, really? | David Lozzi’s Blog | Direct Cloud

  2. Miki

    Hi, Greate Post!

    One question only, did document live editing in chrome really worked for you? because i haven’t found any other blog able to make it work out of the box, they all suggest the use of a IE Tab extension for chrome…

    Reply
    1. David Lozzi Post author

      Hi Miki,

      What I was able to do in Chrome, is open a doc, edit it and then save it back, without having to download it first. I just reconfirmed it this morning on O365. My previous testing was on my dev box. Maybe I have an extension that’s allowing me, I’m not sure… I’m running on Chrome v26.0.1410.64 m.

      Reply
      1. robertkaucher

        I have confirmed this myself and I have had several end-users (who wouldn’t have any extensions) do it as well. FF and Chrome! It’s amazing news for SP devs and IT pros.

  3. jen

    Another issue with quick edit is that the button is greyed out if the list view is grouped. My users hate this because they don’t want to stop, set the grouping to None, use Quick Edit and then set the grouping back again each day. I hope this is a bug they are going to fix.

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